The SIDFP e-Bulletin gives members and partners a heads-up about upcoming events and new resources. We use it to introduce new people to the Division and talk about some of our accomplishments. The e-Bulletin is distributed every second Thursday. The deadline for submission is the previous Thursday. To submit and item or should you wish to be added to the mailing list please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 19, 2020 South Island Division E-Bulletin
The Division has, and will continue, to circulate information on COVID-19 and other resources as they become available to us. If you missed any of the communications, they can be found here. You will need your Division login to access this page.
If you have not been receiving these communications and you feel that you should be, please contact the office and we will work with you to get this fixed.
WEBINAR: DTO VIRTUAL CARE QUICK START GUIDE
Thursday, March 19th at 7am
SOUTH ISLAND PCN PHYSICIAN FORUM MEETINGS
**NEXT MEETING - to be determined**
These meetings will continue to be held at the Vancouver Island Technology Park (4464 Markham St.) - Building 200 - Collaboration Centre Conference Room from 5:30-7:30pm.
Once a date has been chosen and materials are available, they will be posted on the PCN Physician Forum Meeting Information page.
IN THE NEWS
NEW - GPSC FEE CHANGES
Please be advised that there are fee changes happening that will streamline, clarify and improve rule consistency across fees. A summary of the key changes and in-depth information can be found on the GPSC website.
GPSC is hosting a webinar for family physicians on Tuesday, March 24th at 6pm to walk through the changes and answer questions. Register here.
As questions arise re: billing process/details, please email email@example.com
NEW - PSP FACILITATION CYCLES
The Practice Support Program (PSP) has something they call a "facilitation cycle" where clinics can create an action plan to make a practice change. Telemedicine is a practice change. Physicians and their MOAs are eligible for up to 15 hours of remuneration for the work they do to plan, implement, monitor, and adjust their practice change using the facilitation cycle, guided by their coordinator.
PSP has been supporting many physicians in Greater Victoria to implement telemedicine, including some that are part of the mini-pilot that the Joint IT Working Group, and some that were setting up on their own outside of any work the Divisions were doing.
Please contact your PSP Coordinator for more details:
Saanich Peninsula – firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Communities – Megan.Mcintyre@viha.ca
Sooke – Niru.Purirajan@VIHA.CA
NEW - PCN TEAM CHARTING AGREEMENT INFORMATION
The GPSC Information Sharing Task Group held two informational webinars for all PCN stakeholders in order for them to learn more about the Team Charting Agreement. The presentation and recording can be found below.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email email@example.com.
NEW - HIGH-COMPLEXITY CARE TEAM (HCCT) CHANGES
HCCT patients are among the highest risk for serious illness and hospitalization. As such, and due to the increased burden of service delivery in the wake of the current situation, the attached outlines the measures being implemented by the HCCT.
SGP IS NOW BC FAMILY DOCTORS!
The SGP has changed its name to BC Family Doctors to better align with its updated vision and values. The launch event happened on Feb. 13th and was very well received. There is a lot of momentum out there to be capitalized on between this new branding and communication and the excellent work the BCCFP is doing.
BC Family Doctors is a branch of Doctors of B.C. and membership is open to any medical student or resident in family practice, and to any family physician (CCFP or GP). This society is the economic and political voice of family physicians in B.C.. The society advises Doctors of BC and the Ministry on issues pertaining to primary care, including billing issues.
Check each bulletin for the most recent edition(s) of the Divisions Dispatch newsletter.
MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER UPDATES
For any health updates, please click through to the Island Health website – this will include any measles status updates.
NEW - PANDEMIC LOCUM LIST
In light of the current health situation and in an effort to support our membership, the Division is seeking locums (as well as any currently empaneled family physicians who may have upcoming availability/breaks in their schedules) who may be interested in joining a list of resources available to provide support to clinics who become overburdened. If interested or for further information, please contact Gary Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your contact information will not be shared with any clinics without your express consent. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
NEW - HEALTH DATA COALITION (HDC) NEEDS YOU
The HDC funding is in danger if more physicians do not sign up.
What is HDC? A physician-led data sharing application that enables collaborative quality improvement in primary care.
Why join? Using insights from your data results in a professionally satisfying practice and leads to improved patient outcomes. The HDC Discover software can assist you in assessing your own practice in areas such as chronic disease management or medication prescribing. For more reasons to join, please click here.
NEW - LOCUM MATCHING PILOT
Are you interested in being a host clinic?
Second Year Residents (R2s) are preparing to start their careers in July 2020. The South Island Division has partnered with our Resident Engagement Working Group to create a locum matching pilot. The goal is to help residents find locum placement post-graduation for up to one year. Once successful, the pilot will roll into a year-over-year program.
The program has created checklists to help locums and the clinics they work in have a successful orientation of the new physicians to the practice. It includes work hours, length of appointments, parking, general expectations, EMR training, etc. Offices interested in participating in the pilot will need to adhere to the items on the checklist for the office for a locum. The locums must adhere to a similar checklist which you can view here.
Five offices in the pilot phase
This year we have about 5 of 22 R2s interested in the pilot and would be looking for about 5 practices to join for the pilot phase. Clinics will be selected based on their ability to adhere to the checklist and to have ¾ to full-time work available. View the program outline here.
Selected clinics will be invited to a meeting in April to fully understand the program and to meet with the participating residents. FPs and their MOAs will be compensated for all meeting and training time during the pilot. Once matches have been made, the Division will assist in setting up orientation sessions.
If you are interested to participate or have any questions, please contact Gary Clarke at email@example.com.
NEW - CONNECTING MOM & BABY DYADS WITH FAMILY PHYSICIANS
Please see the attached letter from Grow Health who are looking for help in providing care to mom & baby dyads.
SHARE YOUR WISDOM WITH EMERGING MEDICAL TALENT
The Island Medical Program (IMP) needs you and this is your opportunity to share how rewarding primary care practice is, with Year 1 & 2 medical students. The time required is two 2-hour sessions per semester in your office. The minimum commitment would be one semester, however, the IMP would be grateful for your willingness to participate in multiple semesters.
For more details, please see attached.
PHYSICIAN INFORMATION WEBINAR ON THE NEW BUSINESS COST PREMIUM AND EMR FACILITY CODE
The BCP is a new incentive payment that was included in the 2019 PMA and is designed to help physicians cover the rising rent, lease, or ownership costs of a community-based office. The Business Cost Premium goes live on April 1st 2020, but physicians will need to take steps to prepare in advance.
This session will help inform:
· Which physicians and locations are eligible *Please note that physicians who are eligible for the Rural Retention Premium are not eligible for BCP
· The use of facility numbers
· The steps physicians need to take before April 1st to be ready to claim
· The EMR requirements for submitting claims
· Where to go for additional information or issues
Please join us on March 12, 7:00 – 8:00 AM and take a moment to complete your online registration: REGISTER HERE.This session will also be recorded and made available afterwards.
More information and FAQs can be found at: https://www.doctorsofbc.ca/news/what-you-need-know-about-business-cost-premium.
You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
ENCOURAGE YOUR COLLEAGUES TO JOIN THE DIVISION
We encourage all members to promote the Division with their colleagues and encourage them to join us. The closer we are to 100% enrollment, the more we ensure we're representing the family practice community. Applications can be submitted online via this link.
Pathways Central will be hosting another PATHWAYS WEBINAR
The next live webinar is scheduled for Tuesday March 31st from 6-7:30pm. This invitation is open to physicians, residents, MOAs, PSP and other healthcare providers interested in learning more about what makes Pathways great!
Questions? Pathways access? Email: email@example.com
Chronic Pain is now available on RACE!
As a reminder, it is important that you “complete” your RACE calls through the app. There have been a rising number of incomplete calls that could have been avoided if this step had been completed.
ER Tips & Tricks
Courtesy of Victoria Division of Family Practice, ER Tips and Tricks are a series of hands-on, focused guidelines intended to assist community GPs. Click here to view ER Tips & Tricks.
Tips for accessing Community Health Services: Looking for the best ways to access support from Island Health’s CHS team? We’ve picked up a few great tips and tricks to share with you: check the MOA Resources page of our website for helpful information!
Please visit our Resources section of the website for patient related resources.
NEW - YAKIMOVICH WELLNESS CENTRE
Don’t forget about the Self-Management courses offered through Self-Management BC found here
Please see the Division's Calendar of Events
To view the most current employment postings please see the links below:
If you would like to post a position please download the appropriate form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 250-658-3304. We strive to keep our information current, so if any of the postings have been filled, please notify the office.
Succession Planning Guide
Are you looking to make a change to your practice? The Succession Planning Guide (.PDF) will lead you through the critical steps in your decision making process. For support or questions, contact email@example.com.
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